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SUNY Schenectady recovers from burst pipe

SUNY Schenectady recovers from burst pipe

Water did most damage at campus bookstore
SUNY Schenectady recovers from burst pipe
President Steady Moono, Ed.D., and Vice President for Administration Patrick Ryan survey the damage from a burst water pipe.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY — Students returned to class Wednesday at SUNY Schenectady County Community College after a burst pipe shuttered the campus on Tuesday, but officials are still assessing how much damage was done.

SUNY Schenectady President Steady Moono on Wednesday said the pipe that burst at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in Ellston Hall caused the most significant damage at the campus bookstore, where staff was sorting through the books and supplies that were water damaged in the wake of the burst pipe.

“We are in the process right now of cataloging all of that, and the insurance company is working collectively with us,” Moono said.

The campus bookstore has been closed, and Moono said he expected it to remain closed for the rest of the week. In the meantime, students can purchase supplies and other items sold in the store in the college’s cafeteria.

The burst pipe also forced the college to relocate both the registrar’s office and the accounts payable office to the Stockade Building. Four faculty members were also moved from their offices due to water damage. Moono said he expected the registrar and accounts payable staff back in their regular offices by the end of the week.

The college was closed Tuesday after the water line broke shortly after midnight. City firefighters responded and assisted as the college worked to repair the water line and mitigate the damage. Moono said most all of the impacted pipe has been replaced in the last day. He cited the “aging infrastructure” at Ellston Hall as the cause of the water line break.

“We have been working around the clock to make that happen,” Moono said of the repairs.

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